By Frank Tobe, Editor and Publisher, The Robot Report
And advance the state of robotics it certainly did!
- ROS (Robot Operating System) and ROS-enabled software packages and libraries can be found in most universities and research labs.
- The 50 PR2 research robots and development platforms around the world and at Willow Garage’s offices in Menlo Park have enabled countless roboticists and research labs to spend their time innovating instead of having to re-invent.
- The spin-offs abound as well: TurtleBot, OpenCV, Galapagos, ROS and ROS-Industrial, Suitable Technologies’ Beam Remote Presence System, HiDOF consulting, the detection and perception leading to the establishment of Industrial Perception, are all indicators of WG’s policy of spinning out entities with a sustaining business plan.
- And the joint ventures: Redwood Robotics, a promising competitor in the collaborative cage-free robot field.